Comp_Nov09: Prehistoric Pico

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  1. Tony Swinney

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    Tank Dimensions (Height/Width/Depth): 14cm x 14cm x 14cm

    Aquascape Name: Prehistoric Pico

    Hardscape/Materials used: Malaya Powder / Sarawak sand / Fossilised Wood / gravel

    Plants: Unknown fern like stem, bolbitis difformis

    Fertilisation: 2 x drops all in one solution daily, 2 drops excel daily

    About the aquascape: The cube was £6 from the local florist and I painted the back black with left over engine paint ! Everything else was left over from my optiwhite scape. The unknown plant was from the local M Aq (£2.95) they thought it was "something like 'parrot-fern' - the legal one " - does that mean anything to anyone ? The bolbitis shoots came off the leaves of my mother plant in the discus tank :D

    I got really in to this and scaped it in 40 mins, so forgot to take any pics along the way :oops: Here are a couple as the water clears...

    Tony

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  2. Marco Aukes

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    Real nice setup; well done! :thumbup:
     
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    I love this. I think the scale and idea behind this were executed brilliantly. I love that stem plant too.
     
  4. mr. luke

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    Wow, it does look very prehistoric...
    Im aprehensive of the result of the parrots feather.... In a submerged for it grows much like a very dense and fine cabomba sp.
     
  5. Tony Swinney

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    Thanks folks, and thanks MrLuke for the info on the 'parrots feather' too. I assume from your comment that it is still in its emmersed form right now ? The guys at the LFS didnt know anything about it, and I hadnt seen it before.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    a wicked choice of stem Tony, which suits the title perfectly!
     
  7. mr. luke

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    People usually just float it so it grows out of the water and sell those parts so yes ;)
     
  8. James Marshall

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    That's another strong scape design Tony :thumbup: .
    I love the detail work around the base of the rocks.

    Cheers,
    James
     
  9. Dan Crawford

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    Fantastic work Tony, great choice of flora and the attention to detail is super, just like your other works.
     
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    Exellent composition as usual tony :thumbup: ,
    regards john.
     
  11. Jase

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    Awesome work Tony I really like, it really does have a Prehistoric feel :thumbup:

    Standard of Picos in this competition is amazing :geek:
     
  12. Stu Worrall

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    stunning tony and it completely lives up to its name with that rock in. The stems look awesome too, not one Ive seen used much before.
     
  13. Tony Swinney

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    As I'm travelling all day tomorrow, I though I'd post the pics of this tank tonight. The parrot feather died back alot and has now started to develop in its submersed form, which I really like. I reckon in another 4 weeks it'll be looking really nice (or perhaps just like it did when I planted it :lol: )

    Cheers

    Tony

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  14. Stu Worrall

    Stu Worrall Forum Moderator Staff Member

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    excellent tank and photos tony, looks really cool 8)
     
  15. James Marshall

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    Great final shots Tony, you've done well to get the parrots feather to grow that well :thumbup: .

    Cheers,
    James
     
  16. Jase

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    Shame the parrot feather died back, fingers crossed it'll fill up again because this has a really nice feel to it :clap:
     
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